If there is anything to the theory of déjà vu, then Chez Reavie will be champion of the RBC Canadian Open come Sunday at Glen Abbey in Oakville, Ont.
Since Reavie is tied for 84th after the first round at one-over, it appears at this point that a successful defence of his 2008 championship is not in the cards, but the way the weather is cooperating lends credence to history repeating itself.
The first round was halted on Thursday at 8:46 a.m., and despite some wishful thinking, didn’t resume again until 4:08 p.m., making it almost an exact replica of the washed-out first round in 2008.
“I had a tough time finding my rhythm today for some reason, but maybe all the waiting around and getting warmed up and then getting pushed back an hour – we’re creatures of habit a lot of the time, so maybe that was part of it,” said Mike Weir, who is tied for 37th after getting in his entire round at one-under 71.
Scott Verplank, who is tied with Retief Goosen at seven-under, agreed. “Obviously, the seven-and-a-half hours you’re sitting around, you don’t have your mind on golf. You try not to – you just sit around, go to the trailer a couple of times, stretch.
“I saw a lot of guys working out in the delay. I ate two or three meals, which everybody did. If you play out here long enough, you’re going to have some days like this, so you kind of figure out what to do and just go with it,” said Verplank.
Kevin Na posted nine birdies to top the leaderboard with a nine-under 63 as the Abbey softened up after the delay.
“I started after the delay on 11, which was my second hole,” said Na, who tied the Open record for scoring in relation to par. “I pulled my tee shot into the tree and I didn’t have a good lie in the rough and I had to go over the creek.
“I told my caddie, `I think I can get it over the tree.’
“He goes, `There’s no way you can get over the tree.’
“We sat and argued for a minute. He rarely says you can’t do something, so he made me pitch out and I ended up making a 15-footer for par that kind of kept the round going. After that, I started catching fire,” said Na, who said the greens are very receptive.
“The greens are holding, so you can get aggressive with the irons, but off the tee, you must put yourself in the fairway, This rough is very thick now, as wet as it is.”
Only 46 players finished the first round on Thursday, with 90 still on the course or yet to tee off when play was called. A total of 39 had yet to tee off and will be forced to play 36 holes on Friday. First tee-off time is 7:30 a.m. EST.
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